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Month: November 2016

Gratitude is a daily exercise

As I sit here drinking my coffee and reading the news, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work from home doing what I love. There is no longer a rush to be anywhere first thing in the morning, and it makes waking up each day that much easier. I find myself rising without an alarm clock, feeling unstressed, and loving this new life I am crafting for myself.

May I be ever present and ever mindful of the gifts I receive from the universe.

 

Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

Source: Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey

When I watched “Making a Murderer on Netflix last year, I felt the greatest miscarriage of justice in that documentary happened to Brendan Dassey, the then 17-year-old nephew of Steven Avery who was railroaded into a confession by two overzealous law enforcement officers who wanted a way to pin a murder on Avery and used his naive and mentally confused nephew to do so.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the supervised release of Brendan Dassey.

Dassey was convicted of being a party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048.

In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of Milwaukee, Wisc., overturned Dassey’s conviction on the grounds that his confession was involuntary and coerced. The federal judge has issued a new ruling that states a U.S. Probation Officer must ensure a smooth release for Dassey, who is now 27 years old.

The conditions of Dassey’s release include a requirement that Dassey obey the law, appear in court, abstain from using a gun or weapon, avoid possessing controlled substances, and not have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family.

Source: Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey – NY Daily News

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

New DEADLINE Mode and Shotaro Bike – Plus Special Bonuses in GTA Online 

Rockstar has blessed GTA V Online with yet another cool update, and I must say, I’m excited for this.

The Bikers DLC has completely changed the way I play GTA now. All I do are biker club missions, because they make the most money for me, but that’s a separate post.

The point of this post is that the new bikes they have been coming out with are BEAST, and today’s DLC is no exception. I’ve already told OJ that we have to get online tonight and unlock these bikes so I can stunt.

Light up the night with the blazingly fast Nagasaki Shotaro. Packed with enough energy to power the Los Santos grid and sporting the looks of an auto show concept vehicle, the Shotaro delivers a driving experience that is out of this world. Experience the delights of the Shotaro first in the new Deadline Adversary Mode, which will unlock the bike for purchase at Legendary Motorsport, and the Deadline Outfit is also unlocked for purchase at any clothing store. And for a limited time, proud new Shotaro owners will get a free Nagasaki Logo Tee added to their wardrobe.

Source: New DEADLINE Mode and Shotaro Bike – Plus Special Bonuses in GTA Online | Rockstar Games

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